Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tension in West and Central Asia
Turkey is the leader of the Turkish peoples that control the large strip of land from the Mediterranean to Western China. It is also a key ally of Israel. These days the traditionally Western/secular orientation of the country is being challenged. The Islamic Government is trying to weaken/destroy the Armed Forces, which are secular/anti-islamic. Ex-Navy and Air Force chiefs Özden Örnek and İbrahim Fırtına, and the Special Forces former chief Ergin Saygun, have been arrested in relation to the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) coup plot seven years ago. The plot allegedly involved plans to bomb mosques and seems totally imaginary. Many soldiers are already in jail in relation to Ergenekon network, which is accused of planning to foment unrest to provoke a military coup. The probe’s credibility has waned as police began arresting journalists, writers and academics known to be AKP critics, sparking accusations that it has degenerated into a campaign to silence the secularist opposition.
An Islamic Turkey will signify the realignment of Central Asia up to West China, and more problems for the Americans in Afganistan.